A hot punch with plenty of Irish whiskey kick for those long, cold winter nights with good friends. Makes about 14 drinks.
|One 750-ml bottle Irish whiskey|
|3/4 cup Demerara or other raw sugar|
|40 ounces boiling water|
|Strips of zest from 6 lemons, plus 6 thin lemon slices, each studded with 4 cloves, for garnish|
|Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish|
Preparation: How to make a Gaelic Punch
- In a heatproof bowl, muddle the lemon zest with the sugar. Let stand for 1 to 2 hours.
- Muddle again, add 8 ounces boiling water and stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Strain into a warm heatproof bowl and stir in the whiskey.
- Add the remaining 32 ounces of boiling water and garnish with the studded lemon slices and nutmeg.